Private Rooms May Save Money By Cutting Hospital Infection Rates

TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Patients in private hospital rooms are less likely to develop infections, which saves hospitals money in the long run, a new study reveals.

 Melatonin Might Help Sleepless Kids With Eczema, Study Finds

TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children with the skin condition eczema often have trouble sleeping. Now, a new study suggests that over-the-counter melatonin might boost their shuteye.

 More Could Benefit from HIV Prevention Pill Truvada

TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Too few Americans who are at risk for HIV infection are taking Truvada -- a daily pill that could protect them against the virus that causes AIDS, federal health officials report.

 First Year of Life Poses Highest Risk for Child Abuse: Study

TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of serious physical abuse is highest among infants under the age of 1, a new study shows.

 Portrazza Approved for Advanced Lung Cancer

TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Portrazza (necitumumab), in combination with two other chemotherapy drugs, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat advanced squamous non-small cell lung cancer, the agency said Tuesday in a news release.

 Women Starting to Match Men's Drinking Habits, Study Finds

TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- American women are catching up to men when it comes to using and abusing alcohol, a new government report shows.

 Pricey Hepatitis C Drugs Denied to Almost Half of Medicaid Patients: Study

TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly half of Medicaid patients with chronic hepatitis C have been denied cutting-edge medications that would most likely cure their condition, due to tight controls that states have placed on coverage of the pricey drugs, a new study shows.

 More Cervical Cancers Caught Early Among Young Women Since Obamacare

TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More cervical cancers have been caught early among young U.S. women since a key provision of the Affordable Care Act went into effect, a new study finds.

 Adults With Heart Defects May Face Higher Risk of Stroke: Study

TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Adults who were born with heart defects are at increased risk for stroke, a new study finds.

 Ban Crib Bumpers Because of Rising Deaths, Researchers Say

TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Infant deaths linked to crib bumpers have spiked in recent years in the United States, leading researchers to urge a ban on the padded bedding accessories.

 Opdivo Approved for Advanced Kidney Cancer

TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Opdivo (nivolumab) has been approved to treat advanced renal cell carcinoma, the most common type of kidney cancer.

 Anthrax Vaccine Approval Expanded

TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for the BioThrax anthrax vaccine has been expanded to include adults aged 18 to 65 with known or suspected exposure, the agency said in a media release.

 Health Highlights: Nov. 24, 2015

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

 Alzheimer's-Linked Brain Plaques May Also Slow Blood Flow

TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- They've long been associated with Alzheimer's disease, and now new research in animals suggests that protein plaques might slow the brain's blood flow, as well.

 Could PMS Raise Women's Risk for High Blood Pressure?

TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of women suffer through premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and now new research suggests that those with moderate-to-severe PMS may be at heightened risk for high blood pressure later in life.

 Play it Safe Cooking the Thanksgiving Feast

TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- While cooking your Thanksgiving feast this Thursday, remember that the risk of fire and burns is high during the holiday, an expert says.

 Could Obesity Be Wired Into Some Children's Brains?

TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Obese children may have difficulty resisting food because of how their brain is wired, a new study suggests.

 Health Tip: Promote Better Brain Health

(HealthDay News) -- For a healthier brain, be sure to feed it well. Your mind needs both mental exercise and a nutritious diet to help it stay sharp.

 Health Tip: Stay Well Despite Diabetes

(HealthDay News) -- Managing diabetes is a long-term job that requires careful planning to stay on top of your health.


 Chronic Fatigue Therapies Provide Some With Long-Term Relief

MONDAY, Nov. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For some people with chronic fatigue syndrome, two types of treatment can provide long-term benefits, new research suggests.